World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli forces fired a barrage of artillery shells on the southern Gaza Strip early Monday injuring five Palestinians, witnesses said, as Gaza brigades fired dozens of rockets into southern Israel.
More than ten Israeli artillery shells landed near Ammar Ibn Yasser Mosque east of Khan Younis, causing damage to the minaret and a water tower, they said.
Later Monday morning, residents said a missile was fired at Rafah by an Israeli military aircraft, with no reports of casualties.
Meanwhile, an ministry of education official Ahmad Najjar said that five schools in the southern Gaza Strip were evacuated for safety reasons.
The armed wings of Gaza's ruling Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad group announced Monday they had fired a series of rockets at Israel, a day after an Israeli air strike that injured 10 people.
The rocket fire came after an Israeli air strike on the southern Gaza city of Rafah Sunday evening.
They says were targeting Israeli military bases in Kerem Shalom, Kissufim, Sufa and Al-Ayn in response to an airstrike on Sunday.
"In response to the injury of civilians in the most recent strike on Rafah, the Qassam Brigades and the Al-Quds Brigades fired a number of rockets at enemy military positions," Hamas's Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades armed wing said.
"This blessed operation came in response to continuous and repeated enemy crimes against our defenceless people."
Israeli strike targeted two Palestinian men who were critically wounded in the attack, which also injured eight others, including children.